14th Annual Stop The Violence Rally08.10.2013 12:00
We Lost Another Kid to Bullying
I just woke up to hear we lost another one of our babies to due taking their own life as a result of bullying this time in our fair city of Gainesville, FL. Just saw where another young lady did the same thing day before yesterday in Central Florida and her prey were so cold that they posted again on social media that they did not give a f____. It is praying time Saints! These kids should be tried as adults and their parents ought to take some responsibility as well for letting them get back on the computer. This has got to stop! This world can be cold and heartless but we must continue to teach our kids to pray and that nothing ain't that bad to take their own life! I feel so bad for her and the victim's parents. Love y'all!!! Let's keep hope alive!!!I am going to open the church (Upper Room Ministries) today at 5:30pm for Prayer and Counseling. We want to hear from the kids, pray with them and share the love and peace of God with them. Please spread the word...Upper Room Ministries3575 NE 15th StreetGainesville, FL 32609 352-264-0006 Pavingpeace.org
Stop the Violence/Back to School Rally set for August 10th
Stop the Violence/Back to School Rally set for August 10th
Families can get a great start to the school year and learn about preventing violenceat the 2013 Stop the Violence/Back to School Rally set for Saturday, August 10th from 10 a.m. to noon at the Santa Fe College Gymnasium.
For the 14th straight year the community group People Against Violence Enterprises (PAVE) will be hosting the Rally, which is expected to draw more than 1500 people. The event, sponsored by a variety of businesses and community organizations, including primary sponsor Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., offers entertainment, guest speakers and information booths. Meridian will provide the first 1500 children attending the fair with free backpacks filled with school supplies.
The goal of the rally is to give parents and students important tips on preventing violence in their neighborhoods, homes and schools and to help them prepare for the upcoming school year.
Reverend Karl Anderson, founder and president of PAVE, says the Rally is particularly relevant this year as the country is still dealing with the after-effects of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
“I want to encourage everyone to think of the 26 innocent victims of that shooting--which included 20 kindergarten and first-grade babies--and get involved in some way to safeguard the futures of our innocent children and our heroic school staff,” he said.
The keynote speaker at this year’s event will be Dave Gamache of Rachel’s Challenge, a non-profit organization established by the father of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine massacre. The organization’s goal is to combat bullying and promote kindness and compassion.
Alachua County Public Schools will again be partnering with PAVE during the event to provide back-to-school information. Families will be able to pick up school calendars, school supply lists and information on after-school programs, free and reduced-price school meals and other school-related topics.
Other local agencies will also be on hand to provide vital services and information. For example, the Alachua County Health Department will be offering free school immunizations. University of Florida staff members will also be sharing information about the upcoming Flu Mist vaccination program, a community-wide effort to immunize all students against the flu for free while they’re at school.
“The more information we can provide parents and students before school actually starts, the better,” said Jackie Johnson, the district’s public information officer. “It means a much smoother start to the academic year for students, their families and the schools.”
As part of the Stop the Violence/Back to School Rally, the Leadership Gainesville Alumni Association (LGAA) will also be providing backpacks, supplies and clothing to eligible students who have graduated from the Head Start program. This is the 18th year the LGAA has sponsored the program for Head Start graduates.
1st Place Award: $500 cash 2nd Place Award: $200 gift card
3rd Place Award: $100 gift card
The winners will also have a chance to perform their routines at the 2013 Stop the Violence/Back to School Rally at Santa Fe College on August 10.
Your routine should be no more than three minutes long and should include at least three people. No obscene or inappropriate language, clothing or gestures, please!
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DEADLINE: June 30, 2013
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To the Editor in Chief-
I write this letter this morning with a challenged heart, knowing that there are 20 children who will never open their Holiday gifts, never see their stockings hanging over the fireplace and never anticipate Santa coming to their house. My question is what can we do to prevent this from happening? This is the question that is plaguing the minds of many across our Nation. As the president of People Against Violence Enterprises, Inc., (PAVE), I want to challenge us to pray more. The Bible suggests, that we pray without ceasing. (I Thessalonians 5:17) While I am not sure of the statistics, it is evident that incidents such as this are occurring more since prayer has been taken out of schools. However, what can we do now? Well, prayers can reach where we cannot. If you believe in the power of prayer, then pray. The Bible says that the prayers of a righteous man of availeth much. (James 5:16) I believe that prayer makes a difference, changes the atmosphere and gives us all hope.
What else can we do? We can help lobby for governmental funding to be spent more on things that help prevent these horrible incidents. For example, putting more emphasis on violence prevention through education and rallies, supporting Mental Health services, encouraging the use of gun locks, tightening the reins on who can buy weapons through a more extensive and diligent qualifying process, teaching conflict resolution, and ensuring that each of our schools are properly secured with onsite presence of Law Enforcement.
Here in our fair city of Gainesville, we have been fortunate to not have had a major incident. In 2000, several school shootings occurred in the US including the tragedy at Columbine. In response to the disturbing trends, I asked the Lord what I could do to prevent anything like this from happening. In response, I launched the first Stop the Violence Rally under the auspice of PAVE. Meridian Behavioral Healthcare immediately partnered with PAVE, and then other entities jumped on board, like the Office of the State Attorney, the City of Gainesville, Alachua County, Gainesville Police Department (GPD), Alachua County Sheriff, Black on Black Crime Task Force, WTMG Magic 101.3 FM, WCJB TV 20 and the Gainesville Sun. Since then, more entities have joined the efforts, like Alachua County Public Schools, Leadership Gainesville, and many other partners.
Cohesiveness is alive in our community. I had the pleasure of attending a COPS conference on last year with GPD and the theme was “Collaboration…Working Together”. They had many representatives from different cities around the US sharing how they are working together to dispel the increase in violent crimes in their areas. What I realized was that a lot of the cities were just starting to do it, not because there is a definite attribute to being unified, but because of limited financial resources. However, I am glad that other cities just as Gainesville are working cohesively to prevent violence.
Even with all of our efforts, I can truly say that we still have strides to go in North Central Florida, but I am proud of our entities deciding to come together 14 years ago even when the economy was much better, because they saw the vision God had place in my heart and recognized and reacted to the need.
In closing, I will personally continue to rally for peace and justice in our area and abroad but I cannot do it alone. I want to encourage everyone to think of the 26 innocent victims of the Connecticut school shooting which includes 20 Kindergarten and first grade babies who will never open their Holiday gifts, never see their stockings hanging over the fireplace and never anticipate Santa coming to their house, to get involved in some way that will safeguard the futures of our innocent children and heroic school staff. In the meantime, take time out to hug, kiss and pray over your babies and other loved ones each day. Shalom.